New Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams starts overhaul of troubled row office

Just one week after taking office, Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams issued an executive order banning employees from bidding on foreclosed properties auctioned off at sheriff’s sales, the latest in a string of reforms he says will make the office more transparent and accountable. In another move, 17 non-civil service patronage employees were let go by Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley just days before Williams took office at the start of the year. Williams has also promised a new computer system, granting media access to foreclosure sales and finding new vendors as part of efforts to clean up the troubled office.

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